Saturday, October 10, 2015

Piedra Lumbre Grant

Well after a month or more of revisiting this land grant, I was notified that the Catron Papers might be wrong.  In working backwards, which is what we do in genealogy, you almost always need to find a second document that can verify research.

YES the genealogy when they were adjudicating the land grant was given incorrectly.  It appears this way in the actual land grant docs also. So what does all this mean for a genealogist = keep looking at records to double verify your findings.  It was actually granted to the first Pedro Martin Serrano (1712-1768).  The lands had been abandoned and Pedro Martin Serrano asked for them.  They were granted in 1766.  He actually signed the document.  Here is what the petition looked like when he wrote it and his signature.

Reference:  Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series I, Reel 20, Frame 832-

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